The Best of 2013

2013 has been an exciting one for our church, don’t you think? There were a lot of firsts and milestones, challenges and triumphs. The end of the year is a great time to survey just how far our God has taken us– and how! God never ceases to amaze us with His faithfulness!

To celebrate 2013, here’s a rundown of the highlights of 2013 for WINmakati (in no particular order):  Continue reading

Daily Pandesal: Stop Mimicking Me!

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“Nothing sharpens sight like envy” —Thomas Fuller

We all know how wrong it is to be envious. Yet we all can’t help it. It happens: We learn that someone else got promoted, or received a salary increase; someone got a luxurious gift, won at the raffle, lottery or some contest; a friend buys a new cellular phone or gadget; or all (or most) of your friends are entering into relationships, or getting married. These are just a few of the many simple things that stirs up the green-eyed monster in all of us.

Is it wrong to feel slightly bad whenever we see someone get what we wanted, or should have been ours, or something we were also entitled to enjoy?  Continue reading

Daily Pandesal: Cold Cash

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“The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.” —Mark Twain

Money is such a paradox. We want to talk about it, but at the same time we’d rather not. We’d love to spend it, yet still we’d better not. We care enough to share it, but deep inside, a tiny part of us cries “Not!

Money is not good or bad; it is amoral. What we do need to constantly check is our very own hearts and attitude— why we do the things we do with the money God generously provides us with. Continue reading

Daily Pandesal: Leave Me Alone!

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The whole value of solitude depends upon one’s self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it. —John Lubbock

Well, God did say, “It is not good for man to be alone.” But ‘being alone’ is more complicated nowadays: you can feel alone while riding an overloaded jeepney, or shun the loneliness while eating by yourself in a roomful of diners, or even have that cold feeling in your very own home.

We often want people to leave us alone. And at the same time, hate that very feeling of being lonely. As much as solitude has its good points, it’s not that easy or simple for us to live with.  Continue reading

Daily Pandesal: Next Time

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“I see it in your eyes, tomorrow never dies…” —theme song from Tomorrow Never Dies

Mary Anne Radmacher said, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

Tomorrow— something about it inspires us to believe or despair. Maybe it’s the rising of the dawn, symbolizing a new day. Or another routine. Maybe it’s the abstract of it, pushing us forward to the great or fearful unknown. Tomorrow sounds beautiful and scary at the same time. Tomorrow seems so certain, yet so ambiguous.  Continue reading

Daily Pandesal: Gotcha!

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“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” —Alexander Graham Bell

David knew about his destiny: he would be the next king of Israel, and a better one at that! The people were cheering for him, the soldiers were rooting for him, even their enemies acknowledge him! God himself had chosen and anointed him through a very respected prophet. All he needed was to take the throne away. And King Saul knew this very well.

King Saul took every chance to capture and kill David. But by some weird twist of fate, he found himself David’s mercy instead. While the king was sleeping in his camp, David and one of his loyalists sneaked into the camp. The king was vulnerable — as if God Himself provided and guided them for this very timely opportunity.

When everything seems to go right, will it be wrong to take what is rightfully yours? Continue reading

Daily Pandesal: Whenever the Wind Blows

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Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. [Acts 2:2 NIV]

Have you ever shared coffee with someone who would not acknowledge your presence? Can you imagine how awkward that feels like? You can actually be with someone (physically) without recognizing that person’s presence.

It’s the same thing with God. He is everywhere but we can choose to ignore His presence.  Continue reading